BCxA NE Summit – Programs, Technology, Tools and Hockey!

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By Mike Eardley, PE, CCP, BCxA Northeast Chapter President

The 10th annual Northeast Chapter Commissioning Summit took place in Buffalo, NY this year. The Summit kicked off on March 21st with presentations on Utility Program Updates from two major regional utilities – Ken Kujawa, Regional Manager of National Grid and Casey Mastro, Project Manager at NYPA – on Utility Program Updates, including incentives for consumers and consultants in energy efficiency and commissioning programs.

The speakers recognized that commissioning projects typically have very favorable paybacks and returns on investment, yet facility owners have difficulty providing the upfront cost to fund a study. To help reduce the first cost obstacle, utility programs throughout the Northeast are funding project commissioning studies iin order to demonstrate the tangible future cost benefits that facility Owners can realize. They reviewed the various types of commissioning programs that typically result in successful projects for commissioning providers, facility owners, and utilities alike.

Mike Tillou, Associate Director of Atelier 10, then presented Energy Concerns in Post-Construction. This session reviewed post-construction verification that requires collaboration between the design team, energy modeler, and commissioning provider. Often in a construction project, the turnover process results in less than total transfer of building knowledge from the design/construction team to the facilities group, resulting in functional and energy efficiencies that are less than intended in the building systems design. To realize the full benefits of the commissioning process, the process must be continued into the post-construction, or occupancy phase.

The following session covered the alignment of economic interests among the commissioning team that include training, knowledge transfer for efficient operations, and other industry best practices. Matt Holden, President of Sparhawk Group presented the topic of Persistence of High Performance After Commissioning and David Weaver, Executive at Control Technologies, described The New Sustainable Framework for Building Controls. The session included how to guide your team and facility owners in a rapidly changing controls environment, including the use of machine learning, augmented reality (AR), and the impact of building data analytics on the future of our industry.

At the end of the day, the BCxA Northeast Chapter Board hosted an Open Forum Session with members and other attendees on the state of commissioning in the region. Guided by a moderator, the question-and-answer format brought forth a discussion of hot topics among providers in the industry.

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This highly successful event was bracketed by a Speaker’s Dinner the night before the Summit for speakers and the chapter board, offering speakers a chance to meet or reconnect with board members, and a social event for Summit attendees – a block of tickets for the Buffalo Sabres/Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Match! This event provided local flavor from our Western New York environment, and gave Summit attendees the chance to interact outside of the professional conference setting.

The BCxA Northeast Chapter annual Summit offers members a chance to network with peers, advance their professional education, and travel to different parts of the Northeast. Past Summits have been held in Boston, MA; Newark, NJ; Keene State, NH, and Hartford, CT, among other locations. We are grateful for the sponsorship of this year’s Summit from Facility Grid and National Grid, along with BCxA outreach and promotion from local ASHRAE, BOMA, and AIA chapters.

Great feedback on the day’s events implies that next year’s Northeast Commissioning Summit will also be an event to look forward to! Stay tuned for next year’s location.

  1. David L Lewis

    The Summit sounds like it was well done and hopefully well received. As always I am sure than Mike also did a great job. Is there any way that the presentations mentioned above could be made available?

    While work load is increasing dramatically with our company and leaving little time to activities such as this, let alone help organize, it is great to see BCxA sponsoring these events. We are finding that more and more owners are requesting Commissioning, so the word is being spread. Companies like DOW, Kohl’s, CVS, and major Universities we work with, all are not only expecting Cx, they require Cx . So much different than say 15 years ago. Have to believe BCxA continues to be a big influencer in the building industry.

    Drive by Cx created a lot of problems for everyone, cost money, but delivered few tangible benefits. Many owners have seen the benefits of real Cx and Functional Performance Testing. BCxA, ASHRAE, and NEBB all are helping our industry overall – although our group provides much more than commissioning, the difference in owners messages has become very obvious.

  2. Ryan Lean


    The presentations from the 2017 Summit, as well as past presentations, can be found on the NE Chapter webpage, under the “Presentations Page.”

    Bear with us as we are in the process of update the chapter page. Thanks for commenting.

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